Desmond Tutu takes a step backward on biblical truth

a-desmond_tutuLike most clergy who’s picked up and frantically waved the gay rainbow banner for perverse theology, the former South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu seems to have become particularly engrossed in trying way too hard to make a wrong be a right.

Tutu is one of the gay movement’s heroes because he doesn’t adhere to the bible, but to the broad social gospel which has no standards, just “love”. And of course following God’s Word would mean that you would have to say that not all sexual activity is good and acceptable. So Tutu and those like him conveniently navigate around the heart of the issue and erect ridiculous strawmen as if the Bible is nothing but a suggestive afterthought on moral issues.

Writing in the Washington Post, the Nobel prize winner unsuccessfully tries to  draw a parallel using the more than debunked argument that sexual conduct and skin color are one in the same. Its an glaring example of how compromise is a sure killer of spiritual credibility.

Hate has no place in the house of God. No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity — or because of their sexual orientation. Nor should anyone be excluded from health care on any of these grounds. In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings, children of the same God, by racial classification and then denied many of them fundamental human rights. We knew this was wrong. Thankfully, the world supported us in our struggle for freedom and dignity.

It is time to stand up against another wrong.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people are part of so many families. They are part of the human family. They are part of God’s family. And of course they are part of the African family. But a wave of hate is spreading across my beloved continent. People are again being denied their fundamental rights and freedoms. Men have been falsely charged and imprisoned in Senegal, and health services for these men and their community have suffered. In Malawi, men have been jailed and humiliated for expressing their partnerships with other men. Just this month, mobs in Mtwapa Township, Kenya, attacked men they suspected of being gay. Kenyan religious leaders, I am ashamed to say, threatened an HIV clinic there for providing counseling services to all members of that community, because the clerics wanted gay men excluded.

Archbishop Tutu would have been much more accurate to say “sin has no place in the house of God”. He wouldn’t say that because he knows the gay community he is beholden to, hates that word. To them,  this isn’t about being against sin, its about a selective application of false love. Certainly, humanity is grateful for Tutu’s work  to help end South Africa’s oppressive racial system, but there’s no comparison to the oppression of sin which has permeated and enslaved much of the entire world.  For the record, I personally don’t support imprisoning or executing people for homosexual acts. At the same time, I support a country’s sovereign right to make and adjudicate their own laws whether good or bad.

While racial hatred and discrimination is an outgrowth of sin, the same is true of homosexuality. Saying that one is good and the other is evil is a disservice to practitioners of both sins. Both deserve to be told the truth so that they can experience true freedom made available by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Tutu’ argument is centered on the still unfolding drama in Uganda. He says the proposed law is a “terrible backward steps for human rights in Africa.” Indeed it is, but even if the law was never proposed, homosexual conduct would retain its sin designation. Even if Uganda passes a law giving homosexuals full legal rights, homosexuality would still be an abomination. The point Tutu intentionally refuses to acknowledge is that the destruction of sin is incalculable and cannot be legalized away. Thus, hate is a mislabeled problem with a problematic outcome.

Our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters across Africa are living in fear.

And they are living in hiding — away from care, away from the protection the state should offer to every citizen and away from health care in the AIDS era, when all of us, especially Africans, need access to essential HIV services. That this pandering to intolerance is being done by politicians looking for scapegoats for their failures is not surprising. But it is a great wrong. An even larger offense is that it is being done in the name of God. Show me where Christ said “Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones.” Gay people, too, are made in my God’s image. I would never worship a homophobic God.

“But they are sinners,” I can hear the preachers and politicians say. “They are choosing a life of sin for which they must be punished.” My scientist and medical friends have shared with me a reality that so many gay people have confirmed, I now know it in my heart to be true. No one chooses to be gay. Sexual orientation, like skin color, is another feature of our diversity as a human family. Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people? Does God love his dark- or his light-skinned children less? The brave more than the timid? And does any of us know the mind of God so well that we can decide for him who is included, and who is excluded, from the circle of his love?

A homophobic God? Perhaps Tutu is revealing who he is worshipping and it is not the God of the Bible. It makes one wonder if this “homophobic God” is this the same one who said that the unrighteous would not enter into his kingdom?  In case you didnt know it, in the spiritual matrix world of the tolerance and diversity adherents, the top transgressions are homophobia and judging. Beyond that, little else angers them.

Tutu’s last question is an interesting one which immediately prompts another of the same.  Can human wisdom exceed or supercede the wisdom of the Creator? If he in his unparalled wisdom, created man and woman, oriented them to each other sexually, relationally and emotionally, then pronounced it all good, who are we to say that he intended or worse created something so different and foreign as homosexuality?

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26 thoughts on “Desmond Tutu takes a step backward on biblical truth

  1. Pastor,

    Once again someone else, w/a false understanding of the love of God. Without love, there is no understanding, wisdom, knowledge or standard, for LOVE is the standard. And many who preach this standard of love, are KNOWINGLY misquoting.

  2. folly!

    his attempt to say that it is genetic was sad, he didnt cite one “fact” to even back up his fall claim.

    I hate the fact that homosexuals are beaten, killed and denied heath care. Those who abuse them will have to pay for their sins if they dont repent likewise the homosexual. Their sin is not overlooked by God because they are mistreated though.

    He is no more a reverend than my birds(well, they flew away!).

    What bible is he reading, in which it stated that everyone is Gods Child?

  3. Tutu in the past did some good things and he was personally brave but the man has never remotely been a regenerate born again christian…he has some religion and wears the fancy religious clothing but he is a whited sepulchure….he is as lost as anyone!

    I am not surprised by these statements of his…very sad…

  4. His advocacy of homosexuality is the religious sense is demonic. If he was just saying no one should be killed or imprisoned because they commit homosexual acts would be proper but he’s trying to tie the two together and make a sin righteous. I agree he is pretty much a religious robed social activist not a man of God.

  5. I have yet to hear from Bishop Tutu’s own lips the story of the gospel message of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. If someone can lead me to that source, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Tutu’s talks the social gospel talk but as to the preaching of sin and salvation and Jesus Christ being the only way back to God, he is silent.
    Is his silence based upon the fact that he does not have a personal relationship with Jesus or that he feels that his many good works equalizes any need for personal repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s savior?
    From my hearing him talk and some of his writings, I have always failed to find even a small morsel of orthodox Biblical teachings about sin and salvation and repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
    I have yet to hear the Bishop issue any broadside to anyone, black or white, that they must be born again from above.
    If you have heard such a declaration, please bring it to my attention asap.
    Barring that declaration from him over the many, many years that he has been “wearing the cloth”, you must wonder,”does this guy
    personally know the Jesus of the Bible” because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks…..his speaking is not
    about Jesus Christ and the Blood of the Lamb of God or the power of Calvary. What does that tell you about him and his belief system?
    If pressed, could the Bishop tell someone of the plan of salvation and how one is born again from above? Or, would he revert to a social gospel and simply say…”Love is the answer?”
    Tutu’s social agenda is impressive but his core doctrine as to
    being born again and making Jesus your Lord and forsaking sin as expressed in the Word of God is woefully absent.
    If I am wrong, please correct me.

  6. Lafe, sir you have told the truth. Desmond Tutu may have once upon a time had some inkling to the heart of the gospel and its message of redemption from sin, but he appears (from all public accounts) to no longer think or believe that is important. Its all about “diversity and tolerance”. Per the story here, we all know what that means. He’s parlayed his activism shilling for gay christian heresy now.

    Listen at this silliness…
    “In this family there are no outsiders. All, all, are insiders. All are children of our heavenly father: the rich, the poor, the lame, the blind, the clever, the not so clever, the white, the black, the red, the yellow. All, all, all. The Palestinians, the Israelis, Al Quaeda, Bin Laden, George Bush. I will draw all into this embrace of love. All. Lesbians, gays, so called straights. All, all, all. We are family. We are sister and brothers.”

    Wonder what the response would have been had he said “so-called gays and lesbians”?

    Plus he’s gotten a lotta cash and awards from the cash-rich white gay political organizations in the US to advocate their causes.
    http://www.hrc.org/13231.htm

  7. I have noticed that also that most of the civil rights reverends never preach the gospel or even talk about it.

  8. People: If you examine over the years the public verbal output of both Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, you will not hear them utter a
    single word about Jesus Christ. You will never hear Sharpton or
    Jesse Jackson speak on a public radio station or TV or an Internet forum about salvation via Jesus Christ or the need for a born again experience. Yet, both claim to be “ministers of the gospel.”
    There is a huge disconnect between their actions and statements and those that are found in the Bible.
    Why does not either Sharpton or Jesse Jackson ever state that sin
    and its consequences are to be considered in the human equation
    and that salvation is in no other name than Jesus?
    Can anybody direct me to any literature in which one can read or examine their personal testimonies of receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord? I Would greatly appreciate such
    information.
    If you state that you are a minister of the gospel as found in the Word of God and I NEVER hear you affirm or proclaim any
    orthodox Bible doctrine, I wonder if you have had a spurious conversion or…none at all.
    Saying, Keep Hope Alive…sounds nice but if that hope is not in the personhood of Jesus who is God in the flesh, then your hope is of no use.
    There are many others who claim the status of a “reverend” (no such Bible term) or a minister or a preacher whose exclusive zone is in the public arena or media but you never hear them vocalize about the Jesus of the Bible…at anytime or to anyone.
    Don’t be mislead.Test the spirit by the Spirit.

  9. I don’t know how the author of this article could leave out the fact that in Malawi a couple has been sentenced to 14 years hard labor in prison simply for declaring their love for one another. Just pretend that it doesn’t exist. Tutu and and those who expose their sexuality against the wills of society are the true brave people in the world. I am so glad that there are people willing to die just to get the attention of the majority to point out injustice. If everyone were sheep then we would all eventually find ourselves in the slaughterhouse.

    GCMW: The link to the WaPo oped written by Archbishop Tutu contained that information. You said “Tutu and and those who expose their sexuality”. Are you saying AB Tutu is a homosexual?

  10. I know it says it in the oped but it is not mentioned by whoever made this blog topic. I can only assume it was one of your GCMW contributors since it doesn’t say specifically. The GCMW person mentions nothing about the horrific treatment of gays in Malawi. Compassion and empathy are suppose to be one in the same with Christianity I thought? I can’t tell from reading this blog entry. Does the GCMW not care about the fact that the couple in Malawi will likely be tortured and die in prison simply for declaring their love for one another? Sometimes the “christianity” some people adopt doesn’t seem so different from Islamic sharia law. Who cares if Tutu is gay or not? Bravery doesn’t have a sexuality. Start looking at people as people and not as sinners, criminals, and “apostates” and maybe you might understand compassion and empathy. Don’t forget the greatest thing Jesus stands for is love. If he were here today physically he would likely want to be imprisoned with that same couple to point out how unjust the Malawian law and principle is. Some would probably label him gay but I remind you. Bravery has no sexuality.

  11. Willie, lets see if I can explain this to you so we can stop this red herring fishing expedition.
    The post was not about gays in Malawi, it was about Tutu’s heresy and deception.
    There’s plenty of other writings and punditnicity available for anyone who wants information about the African cases. There’s no media blackout. And if even it were, that’s not focus of this blog, nor will it be. Since you seem to already know everything there is to know about it what’s the point of criticizing here for not mentioning it to your satisfaction?

    Its good you have compassion for two gay men in jail in Africa. I applaud you, BUT if I can be honest with you, youre being somewhat of a hypocrite. In one breath you attempt to excoriate and judge those who arent going berserk over two gay men in an African jail.
    In the next breath, you shrug your shoulders at false teachers and spiritual murderers like Tutu. Who cares, you say. Because its not important to you, who cares, right? If its perfectly fine for you to have your priorities, why are you condemning someone else because they have their priorities? Well, you might want to take a spoonful of your own medicine before trying to force feed it to others.

    Let’s inject a little perspective.
    Willie, do you care about/have compassion for millions of black children being murdered every year in this country by abortion?

  12. Willie Jones said: Tutu and and those who expose their sexuality against the wills of society are the true brave people in the world.

    What like Tutu declaring his support for gay rights amongst his elitist friends was going to somehow backfire in his face, yeah right……
    Meanwhile Christians die everyday because they proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, that’s an injustice.

  13. I hardly see how mentioning the Malawian couple is off topic since Tutu is addressing that very same couple in the oped that the GCMW writer addresses. Continuing to stay on topic, it seems that Tutu has what seems to be a rare thing in these parts and that is: compassion and empathy. I think it is interesting how you seem to want to avoid the subject of Tutu’s compassion and empathy but bring up abortion which is absolutely completely off-topic. If you want an answer to abortion then ask Desmond Tutu and then write another blog about how he is an “apostate”. Please. You can dance around love, compassion, and, empathy and even sexuality all you want but I guarantee Jesus will say to Desmond Tutu, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” Get like Tutu. Does anybody here have compassion, empathy, and love like Desmond Tutu or more importantly, Jesus Christ? The most important thing in the world is love. Bible verse me all you want but if you want heaven then love is the only key.

  14. Well, Willie your hypocrisy is showing…again. Hypocrites love attention, strawmen and red herrings. You’ve had more than your fair share already. Unfortunately your hero is a blind guide and per Jesus, you should know what happens when the blind lead the blind.

    If you want two gay men in an African jail to be headline news, get your own blog and make it whatever you want. That’s the BEST suggestion I can give to you.

  15. What is the arguement about? The Article is about Rev Tutu’s false teaching.

    There is no law against him being an advocate to stop the abuse of homosexuals while teaching truth, is there? He doesnt want to offend or he is biblically inept so he lies to those who are destined for hell. Now he may be of great help in this vapour of a life but as far as eternity is concerned, well the blood of many will be upon his head.

  16. Willie Jones said: but I guarantee Jesus will say to Desmond Tutu, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”….

    Based on what, not Jesus’ words obviously.

  17. You have to find out about the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, or the sovereign Knights of Malta and his involvement with them. He is also in the club of Budapest listen to what he has to say on Israel, the man has been gone like the rest of the Anglican church.

    But he is been working with Canadian liberals for a long time.

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